Afon Gwyn Country House
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... me, this is a sad castle because it had such great potential to be perfect for its purpose and yet never got to prove itself.
It is known as the history teacher's fantasy castle with its 13th century classic proportions and perfect symmetry - sigh!
An aside: We had forgotten how strong and dedicated the Welsh people are to their own Welsh language. Here, most signs are in English and Welsh with Welsh being first. You hear ...
... us!) So we walked - VERY uphill (and Ron's two cases are VERY heavy). We went further than 1/2 mile, to no avail. There are NO addresses, per se, so we didn't even know if we were close. I left Ron on a bench and walked on another 1/4 of a mile. Nothing. We enlisted the help of a passing dogwalker - no joy. We called a local taxi company and the dispatch lady tried to tell us how to go -no joy. Finally, a man who had seen us walking up the hill ...
... Portmerion is now run by a charitable trust and, presumably, they don’t have enough money to preserve it properly.
For those old enough to remember, the TV series "The Prisoner", with Patrick McGoohan, was filmed at Portmerion. Interestingly, William Ellis was educated at Oundle School – we were in Oundle before going to North Wales!
Our second day was spent in Conwy, a medieval walled town with a castle built by King Edward I ...
... of it, arriving well before noon to tour the very large castle built by Edward I. A royal castle, only three kings ever stayed there: Edward I, his son Edward II, and Richard II (great-grandson of Edward II). The signs posted around were well done, though I wish there’d been more of them.
After a walk around the town and happening upon the smallest house in Britain (dimensions: 10 x 5.9ft in floor area and ...
After lunch, Gwynne and Eleri took us to Llangollen to take a horse drawn boat ride through the Llangollen Canal. It was a very serene leisurely ride through the Welsh countryside. Llangollen was a bustling town where the International Eisteddfod is held each year. I would like to come back to ride across the Pontcysylite Aqueduct which was opened ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Afon Gwyn Country House Betws-y-Coed
Fabulous guest house, wonderful hosts.
A well positioned, beautifully appointed guest house truly deserving of all the praise in previous reviews. We were looking for something special for a Valentine's break - we were not disappointed. Tim had kindly booked a table at a local restaurant - Ty Gwyn - we enjoyed a fine five course meal for just £30 each, including half a bottle of decent cava.
We stayed in the Sorrel Suite, which is described perfectly by a previous reviewer. Tim and Di have put much thought into the comfort of their guests and this is evident from first contact through to departure.
Breakfast was a culinary delight: the best eggs benedict I have ever tasted (and I have travelled extensively and tasted many!).
If you are travelling to this area but do not stay here, you are really missing out on a wonderful experience. Go on, spoil yourself - you know your worth it!
We stayed for two nights at Afon Gwyn on the first weekend in February. I booked the hotel through the link on the B&B's website (which does not have real-time availability - so you leave your details and the hotel or B&B get back to you later) and Tim, the owner, called me shortly afterwards to confirm the booking. He also asked me if we wanted him to make any restaurant reservations and provided me with plenty of information about the B&B and it's location.
The B&B itself has only been open since July 2006 and is pretty much immaculate. Tim does (rather apologetically) request that guests remove their shoes before walking on the cream coloured carpets - we were fine with that. We stayed in the Alice Suite which is gigantic and has a large TV, a sofa, an armchair, a giant bed and even a small table with chairs by one of the windows. The bathroom is also large with a shower, bath and his and hers sinks. We had a minor problem on both mornings with the shower not working for brief periods (I assume because of water pressure issues) but the shower did eventually work and it didn't seem worth complaining about.
The breakfasts cooked by Tim's wife Di were excellent and served in a lovely light and airy conservatory by Tim, whose hospitality must by now be legendary! He even runs a prize quiz on Sunday mornings (mind you - the questions are v.hard so we've no idea what the prizes are !).
All in all an excellent place to stay and somewhere we will definitely be visiting again!
A pleasant stay in high standard accomodation
We stayed one night at the Afon Gwyn Country House B&B in the Rupert Suite. Pre-arrival we spoke to the Tim the owner a couple of times and he was pleasant and accommodating (including when we had to change our arrival day).
The B&B itself is on a quiet road just outside Betws-y-Coed, I would say it may be difficult to reach on-foot (i.e. using Public Transport to get to Betws-y-Coed), but if you are a walker used to using country roads without pavements it wouldn't be too much of a problem. The trip into Betws-y-Coed on foot would take about 20 minutes, by car it takes 5.
You enter the Rupert Suite through a short private entrance "corridor" off which it has a large bedroom, with an extremely comfortable bed and plenty of storage, the view is across the front of the house, and the room was extremely quiet (no sound from other guests at all). Also leading off the entrance corridor is a very large bathroom with toilet/bath/bidet, with a nice selection of toiletries. The only shower is a hand-held attachment over the bath.
We ate out in Betws-y-Coed in the evening, and had difficulty getting a taxi there, so Tim graciously dropped us off (and arranged for a taxi to pick us up at the end of the evening).
The breakfast in the morning was lovely, we both had the "Full English" with locally sourced bacon and sausage. The breakfast room was light and airy, and Tim was a great host making sure we all had enough to eat and drink.
We really did love our stay, but it wasn't without hiccups. Due to storms the week before they had no TV reception, but we were given free use of the small "mini" fridge in the room with chocolate bars and diet coke etc. We then had difficulty getting hot water for an early evening bath. Tim was apologetic, and the water did eventually heat up. In both cases the problems were treated with the best customer service and on leaving (without our asking) Tim gave us a small discount on the bill.
We would certainly return again.
Exceeded even our greatest expectations!
We have just returned from 3 nights staying at the incredibly lovely Afon Gwyn Country House. We were hoping that the previous reviews were accurate, and to our relief they certainly were!
The service and attention to detail more than exceeded even our greatest expectations. On arrival the superb service began and continued until reluctantly we had to leave! Tim and Di did everything possible to make our stay as perfect as it was, despite the wet weather!
They were always genuinely happy to go the extra mile and offer help with everything, from the drying of our drenched boots and clothes after a wet wintery walk to then recommend and book us a table at a great local restaurant to aid our recovery! They even offered to pick us up from Betws after an evening at a local pub!
It really felt like you were being looked after and their friendly attentive attitude made us feel welcome and very much at home.
A particular highlight was the cooked breakfast which used quality local produce and was cooked to perfection every morning and kept us going for the whole day!
The House truely is as wonderful as we had hoped with modern and traditional decoration, spacious and beautiful rooms all finished with very luxurious and thoughtful touches.
We stayed in the Sorrel Suite which is immaculately presented with a large double bed, sofa bed, digital tv, wooden beams to the roof and a nice little skylight where the stars shine brightly. There was also a choice of quality teas and coffees, acres of dressing and wardrobe space, a good variety books to read and a chocolate mint on the pillow before bedtime!
Massive thanks to Tim and Di for such a lovely break - We certainly plan to return next year, and come rain or shine we know we are guaranteed to have a very relaxing time! We thoroughly recommend this excellent Guest House to all.
Betws-y-Coed's best-kept secret
We decided to pay a little extra for this place we found on the web because it looked so nice and we thought that if it rained all week (we're talking Wales in September) we'd have somewhere comfortable to be. It was WELL worth it. It felt more like staying in a 4-star hotel than a B&B but it still had a warm and friendly B&B atmosphere. We stayed in the Sorrel Suite which was really big with a lovely bathroom. The room and public areas were lovingly furnished - all the soft furnishings had been handmade by the family. Very well equipped too. We were a little worried when we arrived because there were cream carpets everywhere (be prepared to take your shoes off before you go up the cream-carpeted stairs) but it still looked immaculate even after we'd left! I do hope they can keep it this way. Breakfast was delicious and generous and served with a good dollop of humorous chat and quiz questions. Everything was very stylish and Tim and Di were admirably flexible too.
Lovely place. Go soon, while it's all so beautifully new .
First class place to stay
Even prior to us arriving Tim and Di had booked a restaurant and odered a taxis for us so we knew we had found a caring, attentive place to stay. That level of attention to detail is evident throughout the house which was very tastefully decorated. All suits are on suite, we stayed in the Alice suite which is size of a football field, with bed to match!!!
Breakfast was hearty and full of flavour, nothing was too much trouble, very high recommended for that special weekend away.
best B&B I've stayed in. Having explored most of the English countryside and stayed in typical B&B accommodation, this one rates top of my list. The house was beautiful, very clean, great breakfast and the most friendly helpful owners you could wish to meet. I enquired whether they took permanent lodgers rather than guests as I could have stayed indefinately.......
The area itself breathtakingly beautiful. The walks are fantastic, the locals friendly and the gentle trickle of water that can be heard is so calming, I would have fallen asleep had I sat down for too long.
The best place to stay if you are visiting North Wates.
Enjoy, I did !!!!!!!!
A Hidden Gem
Afon Gwyn is a place where the guests are made to feel at home, because of the attentive, professional and loving way that Di and Tim Pederby operate the house. Nothing is too much trouble for them; you arrive a guest and leave feeling like an old friend. Even the gorgeous Holly the Dog will offer the paw of welcome!
All the guest bedrooms, sitting room and dining room are superbly appointed and the house and its grounds are immaculately presented, as well as situated. What a treat it is to sit in the lovely garden with a good book, breathing the amazing Welsh mountain air. (No need to even bring a book - the house has lots available!)
Tim and Di will recommend and book for you a wonderful local restaurant for dinner, but don't eat too much because you need to save room for the sensational breakfast choices they offer.
There is so much to see and do in the vicinity of Afon Gwyn - or if you just want to lie back and relax, what better place to do it? We have already booked a return visit to this exceptionally luxurious, comfortable, amenable house and we know it will be another truly five-star experience.
This is a 5* luxury B&B in North Wales. I never thought these exsisted but they do. This place is very well presented, the rooms are cleverly decorated and styled, the hosts are super friendly. What a fantastic place and completely recommended to anyone wanting to try a B&B for a change. I'm converted.
An absolute delight..................
well, where do i start. this place is way, way better than everything else in this price bracket. and we've stayed in hundreds over the years.
they've only just opened this country house B&B and it is immaculate. in its own grounds, with the kind of attentive service that you always hope you're gonna get but rarely do these days.
i think they have five rooms, and if they're all like ours, then wow. it was huge. you could fit 4 standard size rooms in it, and it also had a collosal bathroom AND a dressing room.
all for £88. they weren't full, but we, apparently, were amoung the first of their guests.
the breakfasts were awesome too. in a lovely light conservatory.
betws y coed itself, we had been to before, but staying somewhere like this really makes the trip. we will be back before they put the prices up to a level the rooms deserve to achieve.